It’s time to Light the Night

With two close family members living with blood cancer, Renee Sinton would love you to join her at one of our breathtaking Light the Night walks to help raise funds and awareness about the enormous impact of blood cancers.

Sinton family

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The highlight of this year’s special event, held across Queensland on Friday 9 October, is a leisurely sunset walk that sees participants carrying coloured lanterns – white for your own blood cancer journey, blue to show your support and gold for those remembering a loved one lost.

Renee, from Innisfail, knows only too well how funds raised during Light the Night provide patients and families with free support, including a place to call home during treatment, and fund life-saving research.

Earlier this year Renee took part in our World’s Greatest Shave event raising an outstanding $25,000.

“This was my way of giving back to the Leukaemia Foundation after they came to our rescue when two much-loved members of my family were diagnosed with blood cancers,” Renee said.

In 2012 Renee’s father-in-law, Bill Sinton, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and was forced to move with his wife, Loretta, to Brisbane for 15 months – around 1800km away from their Innisfail home.

“The day after Bill arrived home, we surprised them with the birth of our twin girls. It was quite a homecoming.”

Like a bad dream, Renee’s whole world came crashing down again earlier this year when her own father, Alan Granich, was diagnosed with myeloma.

“Just like my in-laws, mum and dad left Innisfail for Brisbane and were provided with accommodation at the Leukaemia Foundation’s ESA Village – completely free-of-charge.”

“I’m not sure when they’ll be home to see my brother, sister and me and their six grandchildren, but we’re so grateful to know they’re being so well looked after in Brisbane.”

“The Leukaemia Foundation has done so much for my whole family and being involved in Light the Night is another way I can say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

Light the Night is now in its eighth year with walks being held in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville.

There are also several smaller community events scheduled, all helping to raise $200,000 in Queensland to beat blood cancers.

To register for a Light the Night near you, visit www.lightthenight.org.au or call 1800 500 088.

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